Paul Simon: Words and Music National Tour

Having just finished its tour at Cleveland's amazing Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Paul Simon: Words and Music is hitting the road and its first stop is in Baltimore.

Photo by Eddie Mallin
On October 11, two days before Paul Simon's 74th birthday, the Paul Simon: Words and Music exhibition will open at the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM) in Baltimore. Baltimore is the first stop on a national tour for the exhibit, which opened last year at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland.

Explore the Words and Music of Paul Simon

Paul Simon: Words and Music features autobiographical films, videos of select performances and more than 80 artifacts chronicling the life, career and creative inspiration of the two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and winner of 12 Grammy Awards. Simon provided original narration for the exhibition as well as costumes, film clips, letters and memorabilia from his half a century-long career, including:
  • Simon's first guitar, a 1956 Stadium purchased by his dad, and Simon's 1967 Guild F-30-NT-Spec, used to write and record most of Simon & Garfunkel's music
  • Simon's 1957 letter to "Artie," aka Art Garfunkel, in summer camp
  • Clips from Simon in the chicken suit on Saturday Night Live
  • A congratulatory note from the Smothers Brothers
  • Three Grammy awards
  • A 3D model ("maquette") of the stage set for a 1928 Paris show

Beyond Paul Simon: Stories of Great (Jewish) Singer/Songwriters

In addition, the exhibit will explore the stories of great Jewish singer/songwriters, from Simon and Bob Dylan to Theodore Bikel and Debbie Friedman.

Through programs and events, the exhibit at Jewish Museum of Maryland will look at the intersection of folk, folk-rock and the Jewish experience, including political activism in the 1960s, the meeting of African-American and Jewish musical traditions, the incorporation of folk melodies into synagogue music and the Jewish entrepreneurs who shaped the folk and folk-rock record labels and the Greenwich Village folk scene.

The exhibit is now closed -- it ran through January 18, 2016.

Photo "SimonandGarfunkel" by Eddie Mallin - Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Commons.

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